Why Did Gov Jonvic Remulla Delete Twitter Survey on Presidential Bets?
Jan 13, 2022   •   Kyzia Maramara
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Jan 13, 2022   •   Kyzia Maramara
Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla becomes a hot topic online after he deleted a Twitter survey on presidential bets for the 2022 elections. Days later, he posts a different survey on Facebook that favored a presidential aspirant he believes is “destined” to win in 2022. Remulla’s recent actions didn’t sit well with many netizens and they weren’t afraid to call him out. What happened?
Last January 11, Remulla posted an informal survey on Twitter to find out which presidential candidate his followers are voting for. Online polls like these aren’t new. Last October, Manila Bulletin held one for their Facebook and Twitter followers and their website visitors. Spoiler alert: Vice President Leni Robredo won both Twitter and website polls while Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. won on Facebook. But these aren’t accurate snapshots of the country’s preference. And like with other polls of the same nature, Remulla’s started getting traction online.
However, soon after the poll gained traction, Remulla proceeded to delete it. It still had 20 hours left for people to vote and had clocked in over 20k votes already. Luckily, some vigilant netizens took a screenshot of the results which showed how VP Leni was winning by a mile with 81% of the votes. Other presidential bets Ping Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, and Marcos Jr. got 7%, 1%, and 11% each respectively.
In an interview with Rappler, Remulla said that his staff “accidentally put it in the wrong setting” and that the deletion was an “honest mistake.” However, he didn’t repost the poll.
“Surveys are a snapshot in time,” wrote Remulla. “If the election was held today? BBM will win in Cavite by a landslide. I believe he will win the Presidency in 2022. It’s his time. It’s his destiny.”
The exact same Facebook post was also reposted on the official Facebook page of the Provincial Government of Cavite.
Remulla’s recent actions had many netizens shaking their heads in dismay. “Gov your Twitter survey last night says otherwise — out of 20,466 who participated, 16,577 voted for Leni. If the election was held today? Leni will win in Cavite by a landslide,” one comment read. “Caviteños are independent thinkers and intelligent voters. We will definitely not vote for robbers, tax evaders, and incompetent politicians.”
Many also pointed out how the two surveys clearly shouldn’t be compared to each other. One was done in early December with a sample size that wasn’t even 1% of the Cavite population while the other was conducted a few days ago with more than 20k respondents. “Kayo na po humusga based sa sample size at kung alin ang mas recent,” one netizen said. “Magkita-kita na lang po tayo sa Mayo 9 at magkaalaman kung sino ang isusulat namin sa balota.”
Some even challenged the governor to share his standards for supporting a politician. Is it someone who leads the survey or someone who works with integrity?
Some netizens chose to look beyond his surveys and witty Twitter posts and instead called out Remulla, asking him to focus on doing his job. One netizen asked the Cavite governor to look into the recent events in Brgy. Patungan, Maragondon, Cavite where the police allegedly used violence against residents protesting the demolition of their community. (As of writing, Remulla is yet to address the issue.) Others told him to prioritize the city’s COVID response by providing free swab testing and helping those with severe COVID cases.
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